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Dear gardening experts
Attached is a pic of a slope facing south/west, quite dry, clay based (but quite well worked). The spring flowers are very successful, but I find that I then have to fight population by couch and other unwanted grass and weeds. Can you suggest any ground cover plants which don't mind dry, exposed areas (potentially not much nutrient). Also, not important, but if you know the type of tulip it would be good to know?
Thanks very much, Fi.

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  • Posted: Fri. 24th April 2009 22:28

Plants to follow bulbs

Reply from David Sewell

Hi Fi,
I'm afraid I don't know the variety of Tulip - a much closer photograph would be useful for that.
There are a quite a few plants that will tolerate dry exposed areas with your soil. I'm assuming from the title that your spring flowers are in fact bulbs which means you need to look at perennials to follow on rather than shrubs.
You could consider:
Crocosmia in variety
Solidago (a small variety like Golden Thumb might be good)
Ajuga reptans
Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Dryopteris felix-mas (believe it or not!)
Gypsophila in variety
Iberis saxatilis
Centaurea Montana
Smaller Euphorbias
Nepetas (Catmints)
I know they are old faves but for a good reason - they tolerate conditions that other plants wont!
All best,
David
David Sewell NCH, NDH
http://www.the-gardenmakers.co.uk
http://www.landscaper.org.uk

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:26

Thanks David!

Reply from Fi

I'm so impressed - you started early and are hammering through these questions! Thanks so much, I'm going to look up all of them and yes you are right, I need roots to hold things together too.
Just booked Hampton Court Friday 10th - so excited.
Fi

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 18:48

Plants to follow bulbs

Reply from David Sewell

No worries Fi,
Let us know how you get on!
All best,
David
Hi Fi,

  • Posted: Wed. 6th May 2009 19:21